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WLP 530 - how high is too high?
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:56:46 AM »
I brewed a Quad two weeks ago (67% efficiency): 

Brew Day - 1.092 using an 1800mL WLP 530 starter @ 68
BD + 5 - 1.040, tasted eh, let free-rise to 74
BD + 12 - 1.018, tasted tasty, temp still @ 74
BD > 12 - 1.015 target, even tastier, TBD

I know it's still early, but should I use a heating device and crank this up to 80+?   I've read Belgian yeast strains should be allowed to get as warm as possible.  How warm is warm?  Is 74 enough?

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Re: WLP 530 - how high is too high?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 12:14:58 PM »
I wouldn't hesitate to crank it to 80 if you're looking for better attenuation.
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Re: WLP 530 - how high is too high?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 12:16:24 PM »
I wouldn't hesitate to crank it to 80 if you're looking for better attenuation.

+1 to warming to 80F.
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Re: WLP 530 - how high is too high?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2014, 12:51:17 PM »
+1 degree F per day, 2F/day max. Gentle - its easier to cause yeast stress at higher ABV.

Since gravity is still dropping, I wouldn't worry about it too much. You're bound to get another point or two, which would put you on the drier / higher ABV side of the style (and higher than most Trappist brands).

If anything, a gentle rise in temp will encourage yeast to stay in suspension and clean up fermentation by-products.

I always have difficulty maintaining ~80F temps in my ferm fridge with a heat wrap. If you can't keep the temp +/- 1 degree, its better to just hold it steady.

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Re: WLP 530 - how high is too high?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 01:08:24 PM »
Given my kegerator doubles as a fermentation chamber, and I just tapped a keg a few nights ago, I probably couldn't efficiently use a heat wrap anyway.  I guess I should be pretty happy that it's managed to drop within a few points of my target without needing any electricity.